Delays, trademark battles, death threats, E3 no-shows. Hello Game’s No Man Sky has been through a lot, and the thing hasn’t even been released to the public yet! People are dying to play this game, and passions are running so high that it can only mean this really is going to be a game changer.

We’re about a month and a half away from release, and Co-director Sean Murray has addressed fans in an open-letter, thanking them for their patience, explaining their predicaments, and reminding everyone that the wait is almost over.

Every day, the game is getting better and better, and despite all the late nights (and early mornings) we’re all working to get it finished and in your hands, it’s amazing to see it all coming together.

You might already know this, but we had to delay the game from its original June release date. It’s now August 9 in north America, and August 10 in Europe. We knew that people would be disappointed, and we’ve certainly heard a lot from some who decided to tell us all about that. But we’ve also heard some super nice words of support as we make the final push.

I’ve said it before, but No Man’s Sky is the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on. It’s even bigger than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation.

And despite all of that, development is genuinely going well. This is the hardest working, most talented team I’ve ever worked with, and I’m so proud of what we’re doing. For all our sakes though, we get one shot to make this game and we can’t mess it up.

So that’s what we’re doing right now, and every day I feel more sure it was the right decision. Thank you so much for your support and patience. The universe will be yours very soon.

It’s so hard to believe we’re almost there. No Man’s Sky has consistently made our “Most Anticipated” lists every year since we first laid eyes on it, and I’m sure we’ll be writing about it once again the same time this year, just in the “Game of the Year” choices instead. At least, that’s the hope.

No Man’s Sky will be released on Aug. 9 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.